formed the moody, dreamy indie pop affairCalifornia Snow Story
in 2001 after parting ways with the Glasgwegian twee pop band Camera Obscura
. Headed up by Skirving
and rounded out by a rotating cast of musicians, the band released its debut EP, One Good Summer
, on Shelflife in the winter of 2002. After making an appearance on a Shelflife compilation disc the following year, California Snow Story
more or less took a break for the next three years. The band sprang back to life in 2006, though, when ex-Superété vocalist Sandra Belda Martinez, keyboardist Madoka Fukushima, and drummer Alan Skirving were welcomed into the fold. California Snow Story
's debut full-length, Close to the Ocean
, was released on Letterbox Records in 2007.